February 11th, 2011
DUBOIS â€” For the first time in Randy Reitz's 10-year tenure as Punxsy girls' basketball head coach, the Lady Chucks will not enter the postseason.
Punxsy â€” which won five-straight District IX Class AAA titles from 2001-2006 and was the district runner-up three of the next four seasons â€” decided to not join the playoff crowd this year prior to a 43-37 loss to DuBois Friday night.
The Lady Chucks slumped to 4-15 on the season with the defeat.
Just in time for Valentineâ€™s Day, Mayor James Wehrle â€” who recently obtained a new library card as part of his commitment to read more books and spend more time at the Punxsutawney Memorial Library â€” has proclaimed February as â€śLibrary Loversâ€™ Month.â€ť
Coral Ellshoff, director of the Punxsutawney Memorial Library, said Punxsutawney has a rich history of libraries, such as the Tibby Library at the Punxsutawney Area Historical & Genealogical Societyâ€™s Lattimer House.
Jeanne Curtis, the librarian at the Tibby Library, said it is primarily used for research, especially genealogy.
It's not your father's Punxsutawney Memorial Library anymore.
"Unless you're bothering someone else, we won't shush someone," Library Director Coral Ellshoff said. "We hope that if someone hasn't visited the library in quite some time, they come visit and check out all of the changes that have taken place."
While there are many changes going on at the library, located at the Mahoning East Civic Complex, another thing that has changed is the public's perceptions of a library in the modern world.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police are seeking the public's help in locating a man facing drug charges.
PSP-Punxsutawney said between Jan. 6 and Feb. 3, the Troop C Vice Unit made multiple purchases of heroin from Timothy R. Shepler, 28, DeLancey.
Feb. 4, troopers executed a search warrant at a Liberty Street residence, where two of the purchases were conducted.
Police said they seized numerous items of drugs and drug paraphernalia from the residence, but Shepler was not there.
John Robert Zanaglio, 81, Punxsutawney, died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011, at his residence with family by his side.
He was born March 24, 1929, in DeLancey, a son of the late Bartolo and Julia (Cappa) Zanaglio.
May 16, 1951, he married Beverly L. Ott, who survives.
Mr. Zanaglio was a lifetime member of St. Joseph Polish Club, F.O.E. Eagles, and he had served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, spending his time in Germany.
He retired from PennDOT District 10 in 1990.
BROOKVILLE â€” Tuesday, the Jefferson County Commissioners proclaimed February as Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month in Jefferson County.
The proclamation came at the request of Punxsutawney Area High School senior Lisa Tinker, who, for her senior project, raised funds to increase awareness of teen violence.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsutawney Area Hospital (PAH) will begin a point-of-service collections program Monday which will require patients to pay a portion of their bill prior to leaving the hospital.
PITTSBURGH â€” A Punxsy native who had formerly served as a police officer with three different municipalities will see jail time in a state correctional institution after he pleaded guilty to drug charges Monday.
Allegheny County Judge Joseph K. Williams III sentenced Charles "Chuck" Lindy Edwards III, 30, to four to eight years in state prison for a heroin delivery charge after a plea arrangement Monday.
ST. MARYS â€” The Punxsy junior-varsity boys' basketball team outscored St. Marys 18-9 during the final period of a 58-54 triumph Tuesday in St. Marys.
Punxsy was behind 31-29 at halftime before the Dutch extended their lead to 45-40 entering the final quarter. That's when the Chucks (9-8) turned it up a notch to down the Dutch.
Tim Pearce finished with a huge game, scoring 15 points behind three three-pointers and three two-pointers.
ST. MARYS â€” The Punxsy junior-high wrestling team lost its first two bouts by decision before winning 11 of the next 13 matches during a 55-15 victory over St. Marys Wednesday night on the road.
The Chucks improved to 13-2 on the season and have won 13 of their last 14 matches. Of Punxsy's six wins on the mat, two were by fall, one was by major decision and three were by decision.